Robin Campbell
(212) 376-3172



Allon Yaroni
Jan 27 2009

In 2005, in response to allegations that New York City foster children had been inappropriately and harmfully enrolled in clinical trials related to HIV and AIDS beginning in the1980s, the NYC Administration for Children’s Services asked the Vera Institute of Justice to conduct a thorough review of its past policies and the children’s experiences and outcomes in trials. After reviewing thousands of child welfare files, interviewing key stakeholders, and reviewing voluminous policy materials, Vera released its final report, The Experiences of New York City Foster Children in HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials. The review found that no children were removed from their families to participate in trials and that no children died because of medications they took in trials. But it also identified many serious concerns, including violations of Children’s Services’ policies and federal regulations designed to protect people in research studies. The report also includes recommendations intended to guide policymakers who choose to make trial participation an option in future circumstances.

The report and its implications were discussed in an article in the New York Times.

An investigation into the participation of New York City foster children in clinical drug trials for H.I.V. and AIDS over a nearly 20-year period has found no evidence that any children died as a result of the trials or that the foster children were selected because of their race.